DOJ Probes CIA Tape Trashing

DOJ Probes CIA Tape Trashing

Please raise your hand if you are not investigating the destruction and disappearance of terror suspect interrogation tapes or if you have not recused yourself from the same.

Not many hands out there. DC is now the Recusal Capital of the Free World; practically no one from the central DOJ office is involved in the investigation, nor is the CIA Inspector General.

Justice had to send to Connecticut for John “Bull” Durham, 25-year veteran prosecutor, to sift through the mess. Even Mr. Durham has been touched by this: he is assistant to Kevin O’Connor, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut and once chief of staff to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who many expect to be called as a witness.

CIA Tapes

Congressional investigators have been reviewing CIA files in preparation for January 16th hearings before the House Intelligence Committee. Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA clandestine service who reportedly ordered the tapes destroyed, has been subpoenaed. Members of the Senate Intelligence and Senate Judiciary Committees have also taken an interest in the matter.

In a Wednesday New York Times Op-Ed, Tom Keane and Lee Hamilton, former chairmen of the 9/11 Commission, claimed the CIA had failed to disclose the existence of the tapes and obstructed their investigation.

You can find a case timeline here.

CIA Tapes

Two Federal judges had ordered the preservation of all recordings generated during interrogations at the Guantanamo detention center. The VHS tapes which were destroyed were of interrogations conducted in secret CIA detention facilities elsewhere but may have bearing on cases of Guantanamo detainees. U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy Jr. held a brief hearing on the matter in December and it remains to be seen if the judge will defer to the DOJ investigation. The government has recently discovered several other formerly undisclosed audio and video interrogation recordings.

CIA Tapes

Editorial Comment:

With this lengthy chronology of activity and cover-up, there is danger of losing sight of what is on the tapes: American officials doing unspeakable things to human beings in the name of justice. Every American interrogation in the past century — court cases, legal depositions, and police and intelligence cases — has been documented by stenography, sound recording, or audiovisual recording. The “disappeared” tapes cannot possibly be the only records of these atrocities committed in our names. Somewhere there are transcriptions, tapes, CDs, DVDs, mini-discs, hard drives, iPods or routers with information that documents Americans committing acts for which our courts convicted and hung war criminals after World War II. If we are to resume existence as a nation of laws, these records must be found and justice must be done.

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4 Responses to “DOJ Probes CIA Tape Trashing”

  1. grievanceproject Says:

    I found your site tag surfing ‘Alberto Gonzales’ tonight. Have you thought of filing a complaint against him with the Texas Bar Association? Anyone can file the complaint. Check out my site it you get a chance.


  2. Mike Licht Says:

    Thanks, E.M. Thanks worth a live link.

    I don’t live in Texas anymore; I’m not sure if I need to for this process. You have great summaries of the the misdeeds of the major malefactors.

    As for Mr. Gonzales, I’ve been urging disbarment for some time (this archvie link will start with the present post; scroll down).

  3. grievanceproject Says:


    The Texas Bar Association does not require that the complainant be a resident of Texas in order to file a grievance.

    As for former AG AG, I think his actions meet the standards for, and deserve, disbarment. I’d like to see Harriett Miers disciplined as well. Just think, she was actually nominated to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Thanks for the kind words and the link. I’m working on a post on Hans von Spakovsky now and have a list of more than 70 more attorneys after that. Unfortunately, personal and professional obligations limit the time I can spend on this matter.


  4. grievanceproject Says:

    I added your site to my blogroll.


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